When all else fails, what is your go-to weeknight dinner?

Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 4, 2013

After the first day of school last week, I found myself with a pound of ground beef, a block of cheese, a bunch of pantry staples and not a single idea for what to make for dinner.

Conjuring one of my favorite problem-solving questions — “What would Mom do?” — I pulled out tortillas, salsa, taco seasoning, and canned corn and black beans and made what we called “Mexican lasagna,” a childhood comfort food that I realize now was just an economical way to stretch a pound of meat and please picky kids.

When my husband’s mom faced the same dilemma, she made “hot dish,” a macaroni, ground beef and tomato dish that my family called “goulash.”

We all have go-to weeknight favorites, with or without the ground beef, but because we’re all always on the lookout for quick, easy dishes to add to the roster, we ran a whole bunch of recipes in today’s food section from a slew of new cookbooks coming out this month.

But while I was putting together this package (and eating Mexican lasagna leftovers all week), I started thinking about all the family weeknight favorites that are out there. Maybe it’s breakfast for dinner or Tater Tot casserole, or maybe it’s Taco Tuesdays (perhaps with those El Paso hard shell tacos) or spaghetti with sauteed slices of smoked sausage and a jar of marinara sauce.

No matter how quotidian the response might seem, I’d love to hear about your go-to meals, either family favorites that you grew up with and still cook or new favorites that you can’t live without. (I’ll probably feature some of them in an upcoming food section, so let me know if you don’t want your response included.) Email me at abroyles@statesman.com or share your dishes on Twitter (@broylesa) or the Relish Austin Facebook page (facebook.com/relishaustin).

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